As we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented situation we have to adapt. Some people are panic buying everything in sight. I actually witnessed one person stock piling sprouts, are we confusing the empty shelves with Christmas?! If we are to get through this we need to stop stock piling, start thinking as a unit rather than every man for themselves. We need to start thinking for ourselves and adopting more of a ‘make do and mend’ attitude that served previous generations so well. Using the ingredients that are available is a good start. If you can’t find plant milk you may have hit upon the genius thought ‘How do I make plant milk’, if so read on my friend! If you happen to have a big bag of porridge oats lurking or are able to get them but not milk then you can make your own plant milk. It is not Oatley Barista but it really is very palatable and we are considering making this our long term plant milk. Now is not a time for discussing zero waste but we need to be aware that all of this panic buying is adding to the waste that we were all trying so hard to reduce just one month ago. This is a lower waste option, if you have a zero waste shop locally you can buy all the ingredients there (in the long term if not now!) and be in domestic goddess position of having a supply of quick to produce, zero waste plant milk from here on in.
Ps, my apologies for the terrible photo, it was taken a while back. I didn’t want to make a batch just to share the recipe as I am very aware that resources are scarce and so did not want to waste any ingredients just to share a recipe.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 dessert spoon golden syrup – possibly more, depending on taste
- 1 teaspoon salt – possibly more, depending on taste
- In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of oats with 1 cup of water
- Leave to sit for 30 minutes
- Drain oats in a sieve, no need to rinse
- Add drained oats and 3 cups of water to a blender and blend until smooth. The better your blender, the smoother and creamier the result but any blender will do the job as the oats will be quite soft.
- Pour mixture into a jug, add salt and golden syrup. You can substitute with other sweeteners but I have found the syrup tends to give the best results.
- Taste the milk, if you want it sweeter add a little more syrup. If it is too bland, a little more salt.
- Decant into bottle of your choice and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You will need to shake before using.
Just a quick note to end to say please, please, please let us all be sensible and calm. The times we face are tough and we do not really know where this will end. But, in all times of darkness there is always light. We have to find that at the moment. Look for the helpers, if possible be a helper, if you can’t be a helper please don’t develop a ‘me first’ attitude. There is likely to be food shortages in the future I believe, due to less people farming and transporting as we hit lock down. If you can grow anything, do it. If you can make something out of nothing, do it. If you can go without something without it having a big impact on your life, do it. I will be sharing store cupboard recipes, gardening tips and any zero waste ideas that are applicable at the moment. Do sign up for the newsletter if you would like to receive updates or comment below if you have any questions. Or if you just want to chat to another human during these isolated times! Stay safe, stay distant, enjoy some gardening or planting. Have a good weekend!